UN Syria Envoy To Meet US, Russian Officials Tuesday


UN Syria envoy to meet US, Russian officials Tuesday

GENEVA, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th july,2016) - UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will hold talks Tuesday with top US and Russian officials in Geneva in a bid to revive flagging peace talks, his office said.

US mission spokesman Paul Patin told AFP that the State Department's special envoy for Syria Michael Ratney will be at the meeting, while Russia's Ria-Novosti news agency said Moscow will be represented by deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov. De Mistura's spokeswoman Jessy Chahine, who confirmed the meeting, gave no details about its agenda, but the UN envoy has been trying to save a peace process which some feared was facing total collapse.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov earlier this month announced an agreement on "concrete steps" to salvage a failing ceasefire in Syria, a key step before negotiations can resume. Kerry and Lavrov were also due to meet on the sidelines of an Asian summit in Vientiane, Laos on Tuesday.